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MMA Zen (English Subtitled)
MMA Zen (English Subtitled)
DVD
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I was feeling bad about myself at my job, June 16, 2015
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I was feeling bad about myself at my job, when I played this on Amazon prime.

It's not quite HD, but it's very tightly edited and well produced.
The documentary follows several very different fighters with very different motivations, stories and drive.
There's the outfighter/grappler that trains with his grandpa.
There's the brawler that just likes to win.
There's slugger of a firefighter who doesn't get a lick of prize money.
There's a striker that works to support his mom.

Each of them are very different, but earnest.

Then, my life doesn't suck anymore.
I think that I'll go out and workout a bit.


Bell Basil Urban Fold Messenger Bag, Charcoal Black
Bell Basil Urban Fold Messenger Bag, Charcoal Black
Offered by Koo Bikes UK
Price: $80.81
4 used & new from $80.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy. Clips to my rack securely, June 14, 2015
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Sturdy. Clips to my rack securely. Understated and professional looking.
Fits my stuff and laptop securely.

One thing not shown clearly in the pictures:
1. The opening has a folded security flap that prevents *any* dust from entering inside the bag. This is better than most bags that I've come across including Chrome bags, Rickshaw, and Timbuck2. The Ortleib is an equally good enclosure, but looks too ugly for business purposes.
2. This bag doubles as a very effective grocery pannier. When the flap is opened, it can be held open by the stiffness of the bag material.
3. Included is a waterproof rain cover. Nice touch.
4. There's a hidden extra pocket that is perfect for a kryptonite Ulock and cable.

Very minor annoyances:
1. Brown is much more expensive than charcoal. no idea why.
2. Cannot remove stock strap. It is sown into the D-handles on the bag. I'd much prefer to add a more stretchy strap.


The Chef - Pure Road in Mid-Part of Korea (1)
The Chef - Pure Road in Mid-Part of Korea (1)
DVD
Price: $1.99

2.0 out of 5 stars and has poor production values, June 14, 2015
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This is scattered, poorly edited, and has poor production values.
The narrator speaks in a fast machine gun monotone--feels like he's talking *at* you, not *to* you.
The recipes in the end are interesting, but very quickly glossed over.

Lastly, the chefs feel a bit inauthentic--vacuum sealed purple potato gnocchi? Seriously?
Italians have been making perfectly good gnocchi for aeons without such needless machinery.
"Like Italian grandmothers make"?

I'm keeping 2 stars because I guess that there's probably something good very lost in translation.


Manny [HD]
Manny [HD]
DVD
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The movie is a great pick me up and encouragement, June 12, 2015
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The movie is a great pick me up and encouragement.
It does a good job of outlining his challenges without glossing over his personal imperfections.

As for other criticisms--the picture quality sucks. There is a small portion of skipping during the playback in the middle of the film with an interview with Bob Arum.

For a Prime member, it's a no brainer--it's free, and worth your time.


Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder, Mini
Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder, Mini
Offered by SEIJUURO japan
Price: $22.46
107 used & new from $14.30

3.0 out of 5 stars the good: 1, December 27, 2014
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First, the good:
1. This produces a consistent grind of coffee.
2. It's fairly compact.
3. It's sort of cute
4. It's inexpensive

The not so good:
1. The handle come off pretty easily.
2. If you drop it, the top pops off and scatters the beans all over the place.
3. The grip is a bit slippery for holding onto during grinding.

It may be that the body of the grinder is a bit wide or a bit slick.
However, I can't quite warm up to this grinder.


Sony SRF59SILVER AM/FM Walkman Stereo Radio
Sony SRF59SILVER AM/FM Walkman Stereo Radio
21 used & new from $44.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like to test FM radios by trying to find 91, December 27, 2014
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In Alameda, I like to test FM radios by trying to find 91.1.
I test AM radio with 1400 AM.

The FM 91.1 was not as clear as a Tivoli PAL, but was still better than some tabletop radios.
The AM reception smoked the Tivoli PAL out of the water.
The sound from decent headphones is surprisingly good...toss the headphones that come with this radio!

One very minor negative: no AA battery comes with this. I just tossed in a random eneloop that was sitting in my man bag.


Rasta Imposta Lightweight Banana Costume, Yellow, One Size
Rasta Imposta Lightweight Banana Costume, Yellow, One Size
Price: $14.95
21 used & new from $12.75

4.0 out of 5 stars This suit was great for a good laugh, December 27, 2014
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The material is cheap, but so is the price!

This suit was great for a good laugh, and allowed me to pull teeth as usual at the county hospital.
The patients actually really liked it.

Of course, I disposed of it after use (per OSHA).


Oxford & Wells 12-Ounce Premium Ironing Non-Aerosol Spray Starch, Pack of 3
Oxford & Wells 12-Ounce Premium Ironing Non-Aerosol Spray Starch, Pack of 3
Offered by Oxford & Wells
Price: $15.00

2.0 out of 5 stars These starch clothes as claimed, but smell exceedingly strong ..., December 27, 2014
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These starch clothes as claimed, but smell exceedingly strong.

Every time I'd walk by the room where I used the spray, I'd break out in a stint of coughing-induced asthma.
The smell lasts about 6 days before being tolerable.


Proxxon 28962 Brass Wheel Brushes, 5-Piece
Proxxon 28962 Brass Wheel Brushes, 5-Piece
Price: $10.80
5 used & new from $10.80

2.0 out of 5 stars They work, but bristles fly out during use., December 27, 2014
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I chucked into my NSK Ultimate XL and used it to remove rust from some holdfasts.
I noticed that brass wired would fly out and hit my glasses, land on the floor, and hit the wall.
More than a few went into my mouth.

These bristles are hard, pointy, and snag onto clothing.


Koss KTXPRO1 Titanium Portable Headphones with Volume Control
Koss KTXPRO1 Titanium Portable Headphones with Volume Control
Offered by DigitalKynect
Price: $17.61
136 used & new from $10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars These have no right to sound so good!, December 27, 2014
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I bought these headphones to sacrifice their drivers for a sound isolating headphone mod, and thought that I'd give these a try.
At $14, these are ridiculously good for the money. They aren't Audio Technica M50s. However at 10% of the price, they don't have to be.

First, the weaknesses:
1. Look and feel cheap (they are cheap!)
2. No isolation (they're open headphones, duh!)
3. Not the richest, most airy, most resolving, or warmest headphones.
4. Cheap headband. Pinches the ears after 10 minutes of wear.

Strengths:
1. Very coherent. While the highs aren't the highest and the bass isn't the strongest, overall the package works very well. There's no overemphasis on any particular spectrum. (Eg. Grado trebles, Beats bass).
2. Nicely textured. Voices are nice and lively, textured.
3. Really cheap! Most headphones in this class are around 4x-7x more (Sennheiser PX100, Grado 60i).
4. Includes a gold plated 1/4 jack converter.
5. Cables are not microphonic.


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